But Edward Hopper (1882~1967) was painter, not a photographer!

Yes, that is so. But he was a very photographic painter, and a painter us photographers could all learn a thing or two from.  Actually I find Hopper’s paintings to be very inspiring for photography, and I’ve been using his work as a model for students for some time now.

Hoppers work is noted for narratives that extend beyond the frame. It’s not just the people in his images. At first they are just there, but look at the image longer and you find yourself wondering what they have been doing, and what are they going to do next.

Hopper’s work also uses a lot of light in a very photographic way. Look especially at Gas and Empty Room in this regard.


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